I've been invited by Emma Ward and Sarah Goode of Charnwood Eco Hub to present the Fruit Routes Project at the Charnwood Sustainability Fair.
Location: Loughborough’s Queen’s Park
Date: Sunday 17th September 2023
Time: 10am to 3pm.
Free Entry to this family event.
Food, activities, stalls, crafts and environmental information in the beautiful Queens Park in the centre of Loughborough.
Charnwood Eco Hub, is a new Community Interest Company set up by friends Sarah Goode and Emma Ward. Who are both passionate about the planet, and have both been involved in environmental projects locally for some time. They aim to bring together local environmental organisations and initiatives and to raise awareness of them amongst local residents, in order to help them to reduce their own carbon footprint and live more sustainably.
Jo Dacombe and I will be re-presenting our live performance TIME & TIDE at the SOCK Gallery as part of Loughborough Lates and the LSA annual 2023 programme.
My Time & Tide series of prints which were created through a meditation on the wood grain of the block to be carved and responding to the grain of the wood. An embodied language of that material, a voice of the spirit of an ensouled thing.
The performance leads us to consider the knowledge we have access to through our senses. We gently face the difficult questions that arise as the tide of climatic phenomena around us grow ever insistent. We listen, and we respond.
Join us in a uniquely created space to reflect and connect to an essence of being human and part of all that is more than human.
Two of the Time & Tide prints are part of the current LSA annual members show at the SOCK gallery, and you will be able to purchase copies of the IMMINENT zine which features the Red Tide print, which our performance is based on.
Location: SOCK Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Square Loughborough LE11 3EB
Date and Time: Friday 8th September 7.30pm-8.30pm
FREE, ALL WELCOME no booking required
Two prints from the Time and Tide Series are on show in the 2023 LSA members exhibition at the SOCK gallery.
The exhibition showcases the work of a wide range of Leicestershire based artists and is on until 14th October.
Sock Gallery Loughborough
Address: Town Hall, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB
Tel: 01509 263151
Thursday 7th September - Saturday 14th October 2023
Smock-Ravelled, Two Queens Members Show '23
26 August – 9 September 2023
Two Queens, 2 Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1QW
Opening Night, Friday 25th Aug, 6-9pm
Gallery Opening Times, Thursday – Saturday 12-5pm during exhibitions and by appointment.
‘Smock-Ravelled’ – East Midlands slang (i.e. confused) e.g. “This ere fancy knittin pattern gets mi all smockravelled”
Two Queens is proud to present their 2023 members exhibition, an annual showcase of work by studio holders and members of our associate artist membership. Including 60 works across all artistic media.
work from my recent 'Garden Mud(ras)' sessions will be included in the show,
Garden Mud(ras) session at the Art Day at the magical place that is Windmill Community Gardens in Nottingham on Saturday 19th August from 4-5pm.
A day of art, music, food, and garden goodness for everyone, and it's all FREE. The programme kicks of at 11am and runs until 5pm.
Fellow Leicestershire artist Jacqui Gallon has invited me to run Garden Mud(ras) sessions during an immersive two-day course set in a private woodland in the local Charnwood Forest.
Being Wild: Art and Inclusivity Toolkit ( a two-day woodland based course)
“There are no individuals in a forest, no separable events. The birds and the branch it sits on are a joint thing” (Richard Powers, Overstory).
Curated by Jacqui Gallon and Dr Miffy Ryan
This two-day series of workshops provides an immersive, performative experience in which participants are invited to collaborate. Several ‘toolkits’ will be introduced throughout the process, each comprising different strategies which facilitate artists’ and curators’ interaction with the natural and material world. The course will explore cutting edge methodologies that expand the field of art practice. These methodologies will incorporate strategies such as deep listening, participatory meditation based on the ancient practice of ‘Mudra‘; community building activities; walking and foraging; object making; action-based processes such as building, digging, mark making; utilising man-made, mediating materials; photography, video making; performative interventions in the landscape.
The toolkit concept is tailored as a bespoke framework that participants can add to and apply when delivering their own workshops, performances, immersive experiences and
practices. The course will enhance professional development, providing a foundation for practitioners interested in developing inclusivity and engagement in the arts within their own practice.
Please note: The woodland site is only accessible over rough ground and is therefore is not suitable for wheelchair users. There is an indoor workspace, study area and toilet facilities a five minute walk from the site.
Dates: Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2023
All enquiries regarding the course to Jacqui Gallon at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be presenting work developed last summer for the art.earth symposium:
Garden Mud(ras) at the BREATHE symposium at Loughborough University on Thursday 29th June
At three points, aligning with the solar cycle of the day, i will present a series of mudra meditation sessions in the Fruit Routes Orchard based on the life cycle of fruit bearing plants. Mudra are an ancient Indian practice which uses hand movements in conjunction with the breath to affect systems within the body, linking them to natural elements and processes. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes, and will consist of an introduction to mudra, an opportunity to join and practice mudra, and a live art performance drawing.
The Three Garden Mud(ras):
Venue: Barefoot Orchard, Fruit Routes
Bloom: 1.00 - 1.45pm
Venue: Barefoot Orchard, Fruit Routes
Venue: International House Garden
This event is part of a programme of events during the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Annual Theme for 2022-23.
all events are FREE but booking is required - please see the link here for booking.
Over the past few weeks I have had the honour to co-create a new artwork - RESPIRE with Anne-Marie Culhane, founder of the Fruit Routes project.
RESPIRE marks the transition of care of the Fruit Routes project through a live participatory performance exploring breathing with trees and the continual exchanges between all living systems, playing with the spaces in-between us and making visible these exchanges, bringing individual breath into collective breathing. It has been a rich and joyful experience and I am looking forward to sharing it with the public.
On Wednesday 28th June from 4-6pm at Loughborough University campus, we will start with a procession led from departing from James France CC.0.21, the performance takes place in the Barefoot Orchard, followed by Elderflower Teas at International House on campus.
The event is FREE and open to all - Booking required book here
This event is part of a programme of events during Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Annual Theme for 2022-23.
IAS Annual Themes run across the academic year, bringing leading international researchers to the University to work with colleagues in areas of established and emergent research excellence, catalysed by the Theme. Breathe is a timely and imaginative focus through which to engage with issues ranging from the impact of the Covid pandemic, risks around poor air quality, the weaponizing of the atmosphere and the significance of breath to speech, song, communication, creativity and life itself. Going forward, the IAS will be working with the Theme leads in developing a dynamic and interdisciplinary programme that brings international experts to Loughborough to explore the scientific, historical, cultural, sociological and ethical implications of what it means to 'Breathe' and what this tells us about the world we live in today.
more details of the Programme can be found here.
Pasture To Plate - The Second Leicestershire Food Summit
Monday 19th June 9am-4pm
free - booking required
Leicestershire Food Summit is back for 2023 with an in-depth look at how we approach sustainable food in our green and fertile county.
I've been invited by Gavin Fletcher, organiser of the first Leicestershire Food Summit, and Co-ordinator of Good Food Leicestershire, to take part in the second annual summit being hosted at Loughborough University Campus. As the Fruit Routes artist co-ordinator, along with Loughborough University Gardens Team Arborist Rich Fenn-Griffin, we will take attendees on a tour of the edible campus and introduce them to the Fruit Routes project.
more details of the event can be found here
All are welcome for a seasonal sensory wander around Fruit Routes – an enhanced habitat on the Loughborough University campus providing free food for humans and wildlife from over 150 fruit and nut trees.
Explore the 1km route of edible fruit and nut trees, learn more about the orchards and share different perspectives on this cultural resource. This event is for students, staff and the local community with Fruit Routes artist/coordinator Mita Solanky & Fruit Routes founding artist/coordinator Anne-Marie Culhane.
The walk will leave from the Barefoot orchard at 1.30pm, ending at LAGS (Landscape and Gardening Society) garden for foraged teas from 3pm. LAGS garden and shed is at the back of Car Park 5 on campus.
This event is part of a programme of activities at the University to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 15-21 May.
Find out more about LAGS.